Itching to get out on the road and take in some of Ferry County’s scenic and very photogenic points of interest? This tour takes you to six of the area’s prettiest (and most accessible) scenic view points. The tour starts at the Republic Cemetery overlook, swings around the northern most point of Curlew Lake, passes through photogenic Malo, Washington, takes you to several view points along the Kettle River, then to the Curlew Lake State Park on the west side of Curlew Lake, and then back to Republic. For a detailed description of the route’s points of interest, click on the photos or the links below. Read more
Things to Do
If it has been awhile since you enjoyed the excitement of small-town, dirt-track racing, this is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the experience.
Located a half mile south of Republic, Washington on Pendry Road, the nonprofit Eagle Track Raceway Association hosts 3/8 mile, dirt-track, stock car racing. Classes include Modified, Street Stock, and Fever Four (Fever-4). Read more
Ride a country fair merry-go-round at the Ferry County Fairgrounds and experience the golden age of carousels….
In 1958 a group of local ranchers cosigned a $2000.00 loan to purchase a portable Country Fair style carousel, with 24 hand-carved horses, that they’d located in Tacoma, Washington. They carried it back to Republic, Washington in the back of a wheat truck, where it quickly became a favorite attraction at the annual Ferry County Fair.
Trout fishing in a secluded and serene location.
This off-the-beaten path, but easily-accessed lake offers visitors to the Colville National Forest a tranquil location to camp, fish, and hike. With its handful of camp sites and ban on combustion engines, the lake is quiet enough to hear ducks and loons calling to each other across the lake. Read more
A tiny, clear-water lake, perfect for fly fishinhg….
Slightly more than a pond and a bit less than a full-fledged lake, tree- and cattail-lined Fish Lake, Washington is set high in the hills of the Colville National Forest, just a third of a mile drive or an easy hike from the Long Lake campgrounds. Read more
The Eastern Washington State mountains and fields of Ferry County are beautiful and rich with game. The county boasts seven game management units (GMUs), but of particular note is the Sherman 101 unit, which blankets much of the county and provides some of Washington State’s best opportunities for hunting and capturing a mule deer, white-tailed deer, black bear, or turkey.
The Colville National Forest (including the Kettle River Range) encompasses much of the Sherman unit, and provides a well-balanced environment of open fields, meadows, riparian areas, and timbered hillsides that are attractive to wildlife and hunters alike. Happily, these lands are accessible to hunters via a network of logging and unimproved national park roads.
Averaging only 3.4 residents per square mile (compared to King County’s 912 per sq. mile) hunters visiting Ferry County are less likely to find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder with other hunters or area residents, and more likely to have an inviting landscape and a peaceful, open meadow all to themselves.
Camping and lodging are readily available, and several of the area’s campgrounds, RV parks, lake resorts, and inns provide hunters with special facilities, such as refrigerated game lockers. Businesses in the town of Republic, Washington welcome hunters and are equipped to provide them with all the provisions (e.g., maps, guns and ammunition, camping gear, lodging, and food) necessary for a successful hunt.
Ferry County Game Management Units (GMUs)
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- WDFW’s up-to-date list of GMUs for Ferry County, WA: http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/gmu/search/search.php?searchby=County&search=Ferry&orderby=gmuNumber%20ASC
- Sherman Unit (GMU 101): http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/gmu/search/search.php?searchby=gmuName&search=Sherman&orderby=PlaceName
- WDFW GoHunt Map of Public Lands in Ferry County, by GMU : http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/prospects/2013/district01.pdf
More Hunting Information Resources
- Summary of Washington State general hunting season dates.
- Washington State hunting regulations, restrictions, and licensing.
- WDFW GoHunt interactive map of where it is safe to hunt deer (page loads slowly).
- WDFW turkey hunting season information.
- Ferry County, WA lodging, eating, and hunting/camping supplies information.
- Contact the following agencies for local information:
Republic Ranger District
180 North Jefferson (corner of Jefferson and Tessie Avenues)
Republic, WA 99166
Colville Forest Information
755 South Main Street
Colville, WA 99114
Republic Regional Visitors and Convention Bureau
Gateway to Adventure
600 S Clark Ave
PO Box 325
Republic, WA 99166
Take a step back in time and visit the Harry Kaufman cabin, the oldest surviving structure in Republic, Washington. The interior of the small, furnished cabin can be viewed through the front door (secured with mesh). Built in 1896, the cabin was moved a short distance to its current location. Read more